Art in Kayenta Festival brings artists, community together

IVINS — The Kayenta Arts Foundation  announces the 2014 Art in Kayenta Festival will begin on Oct. 10-12 for its 15th year.

In 2013, festival organizers decided to move the event from the more unpredictable February weather to coincide with the Huntsman Senior Games and Southern Utah’s fabulous October weather. The festival also returns to the same scenic location, at the newly renamed Kayenta Art Village.

An artist’s easel sits spattered with paint at the Art in Kayenta Festival |Publicity photo courtesy of Gary Morris, Kayenta Arts Foundation, St. George News.

More than 60 juried artists representing painting, photography, ceramics, wood, jewelry and textiles will be showcasing their work in booths throughout the three-day event. In addition to the art, the festival will feature live music, food vendors and a beer and wine garden.

The live-artist Quick Draw competition will return as “Art in the Moment” and will take place on Oct. 11. Beginning at 2 p.m., competitors will have less than 90 minutes to paint, sculpt or otherwise create side-by-side in a special area while spectators can watch, cheer and photograph the artistic process unfold.

Many artists will participate in this competition for the first time, giving onlookers a unique insight to their creative worlds. Following the competition, a live-auction will take place where participants can then bid on the art they witnessed being created.

Art in the Moment artists committed to participate this year include: Roland

Publicity photo courtesy of Garry Morris, Kayenta Arts Foundation, St. George News.

Lee, Edward Hlavka, Jeff Hepworth, Jami Wilson, Frank Huff, Joseph Robertson, David Anthony Sargeant, Spike Ress, and Karen Watson, with many more still to confirm.

Additionally, an ongoing silent auction with over 30 works of art will take place during the festival with artwork and bidding forms on display throughout Kayenta Art Village. Closing of bids and the announcement of the winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

Artists sit with their easels at the Art in Kayenta Festival | Publicity photo courtesy of Gary Morris, Kayenta Arts Foundation, St. George News.

This year Art In Kayenta Festival will feature two live entertainment stages setup at  different locations. The new “Coffee House” stage will primarily feature solo and acoustic acts while the “Main” stage will feature groups and bands. As usual, there will be numerous food vendors on-site to keep everyone fed and happy. There is no admission fee to get into Art In Kayenta, and families are encouraged to bring out the whole crew.

Proceeds for the three-day festival will benefit Kayenta Arts Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, dedicated to creating an environment that fosters diverse artistic endeavors for educational and enrichment purposes. Kayenta Arts Foundation is currently working on construction of a multi-use theater and center, with fundraising now underway.

Event details and contact information

  • What: 2014 Art in Kayenta Festival
  • When: Oct. 10-12
  • Where: Kayenta Art Village
  • Kayenta Arts Foundation
  • Contact: Tami Hlavka | Telephone: 435-237-2051

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